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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was responsible for the administration of Soviet foreign policy and represented the country abroad and participated in talks with foreign delegations on behalf of the Soviet government.
A Soviet ambassador serving abroad was regarded under international law as the personal representative of the chairman of the Supreme Soviet to the head of government of the host state.
Offered is here the stunning M/1954 tailor made gala dress uniform tunic, trousers and vest of a Soviet diplomat, circa mid-to late 1950s, made from highest quality wool with rich embroideres. The uniform was acquired from a French collection during autumn 2018 and is in excellent condition. Needless to say, this is a VERY rare uniform. The uniform comes with a very nice vest to be worn under the tunic. This vest however has the small type army buttons rather than the general type small buttons, which may be the result of the vest being manufactured by a tailor outside the Soviet Union.
Soviet diplomats were issued uniforms from 1943, at the time fitted with shoulder boards to complement the very elaborate decorations of the uniforms. Diplomat staff were in general issued with uniforms until the regulation changes in 1954 after which only senior diplomatic officials continued to wear uniforms. At this time, the white diplomat uniform was introduced and worn by Soviet diplomatic staff in warm climate areas. According to the great site UnderTheRedStar.com, the uniforms and headgear of diplomatic staff were privately purchased by those authorized to wear uniforms following the 1954 changes.
The buttons has no date, instead they all have the *** marking on back, indicating 1950s manufacture with 16 republic scrolls used 1946-1956. The tunic is made from finest wool and fitted with extremely elaborate embroideries around the cuffs. The collar has equally fine embroideries as well as collar tabs for the 'rank' juut below ambassador featuring three stars as well as the insignia of crossed feather-quill pens used by the diplomatic staff.
Overall, the uniform set is in excellent condition shows light to medium wear. Notice, that the awards mounted on some of the photos are not included and not part of the uniform, but rather representative of what the tunic may have looked like when worn. The size for the tunic is a about EU50-52 or US40.
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